Greatest Sports Moments of 2000’s

I thought it was necessary to post an unbiased “greatest moments” entry after seeing ESPN.com an attempt at doing the same (their list can be found here: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=games/decade/2009syracuseunconn).  Their list unfortunately does not rank the games in order of their greatness and only lists 25 games/events.  On the other hand, I have produced an my objectively-reasoned ranking of top 50 greatest sports moments of the 200os.  It is slightly different than the ESPN one in that it looks at specific moments as opposed to the games as a whole.  However, since most great sports moments come out of great games, the content will be similar.  I made a pretty legendary ranking of the greatest moments in sports from 1980-2000, so hopefully this list will be just as good.

1

  Boise State beats   Oklahoma in overtime of the Fiesta Bowl (2007)

2

  New England   Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl  XXXVI (2002)

3

  Kansas beats   Memphis in NCAA Title Game with Mario Chalmers buzzer beater. (2008)

4

  Tiger Woods beats   Rocco Mediate in 19 hole-playoff of U.S. Open (2008)

5

  Boston Red Sox   end Curse of Bambino with wins over Yankees and Cardinals (2004)

6

  Michael Phelps wins   400m Butterfly Olympic Gold by .001 seconds (2008)

7

  Lebron James goes   off against Pistons in Game 6 of Eastern conference finals (2007)

8

  George Mason upsets   Connecticut in Elite 8 of NCAA Tournament (2006)

9

  Goran Ivanisevic   beats Patrick Rafter in five-set Wimbledon Final (2001)

10

  New York Giants stun   undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (2008)

11

  Ohio State shocks   Miami in 2OT in BCS Title Game (2003)

12

  Pittsburgh outlasts   Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII (2009)

13

  Roger Federer beats   Andy Roddick in Wimbledon final (2009)

14

  Vince Young leads   Texas over Southern Cal in BCS Title Game (2006)

15

  Phil Michelson   sinks  putt on 18 at the Master’s to win first major title (2004)

16

  Patriots hit another   game-winning field goal to beat Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004)

17

  Rulan Gardner wins   Olympic Gold Medal in Greco-Roman wrestling (2000)

18

  15-seeded Hampton   beats Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA tourney (2001)

19

  Rafael Nadal beats   Roger Federer in five-set Wimbledon final (2008)

20

  Tiger Woods hits   bunker shot on 16th hole of Master’s en route to win over DiMarco (2005)

21

  Stanford pulls off   biggest upset in college football history over Southern Cal (2007)

22

  Luis Gonzalez hits   Game 7 single to lift Arizona Diamondbacks to world series title (2001)

23

  Curlin spoils Street   Sense’s triple crown bid with photo finish victory at Preakness (2007)

24

  U.S. comes from   behind to win 4 x 100 freestyle swimming gold medal in Beijing (2008)

25

  Italy beats France   in penalty kicks to win World Cup after Zidane’s head butt (2006)

26

  Pittsburgh Penguins   upset Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Finals (2009)

27

  Floyd Mayweather Jr.   wins split decision over Oscar De La Hoya (2007)

28

  59 year-old Tom   Watson comes in second at the British Open (2009)

29

  Patriots beat   Raiders in divisional playoff game because of controversial Tuck Rule (2002)

30

  Aaron Boone his Game   7 HR to lift Yankees over rival Red Sox ALCS (2003)

31

  Syracuse blocks   Kansas’ buzzer beater to win NCAA basketball championship (2003)

32

  Texas Tech upsets   Texas with game-winning catch by Michael Crabtree (2008)

33

  Tiger Woods beats   Bob May in playoff in the PGA championship at Valhalla (2000)

34

  Chris Moneymaker   shocks the world and wins World Series of Poker Main Event (2003)

35

  Western Kentucky   upsets Drake in first round of tourney with overtime buzzer beater (2008)

36

  LA Lakers beat Spurs   in Game 5 of Conference Semis with Derek Fisher’s “0.4 shot” (2004)

37

  Jennifer Capriati   finally wins a Grand Slam title with win over Hingis at the Aussie Open   (2001)

38

  Philadelphia   Phillies end William Penn curse by beating Devil Rays in World Series (2008)

39

  United States soccer   shocks Spain in Confederations Cup Semifinal (2008)

40

  Maryland upsets Duke   in overtime of Women’s National Title Game (2006)

41

  Appalachian State   stuns Michigan in college football season opener (2007)

42

  Syracuse beats   Connecticut in 6 overtimes in Big East championship game (2009)

43

  * Barry Bonds breaks   single-season home run record (2003)

44

  Greg Norman come up   just short in an improbable run at the British Open title (2008)

45

  Mine That Bird pulls   off greatest Kentucky Derby upset ever (2009)

46

  Carolina Panthers   beat the Rams in double overtime of divisional playoff game (2004)

47

  Thierry Henry’s   controversial handball goal propels France into world cup (2009)

48

  Andy Murray beats   Wawrinka in five-sets in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon (2009)

49

  Louisville upsets   Japan for Little League World Series Title (2002)

50

  Usain Bolt destroys   the field in Men’s Olympic 100m final (2008)

 

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